International Day of Awareness for the Dolphins of 2017 is on Friday, September 1, 2017: I am thinking of moving to Vancouver from London - what are the dissadvantages and cultural
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Are you moving from London in England, or London in Ontario, Canada? The Canadian London has "wonderful weather", meaning, if it rains, you know it will rain for a few days, but then clear up. The sun also lasts for at least a few days, or a week at least. None of this "3 different weather systems a day" stuff you get on the coast. But the scenery makes up for it, partially at least.
One big advantage would be the people there. I have never met friendlier people than in Vancouver (except maybe, on Vancouver Island). They really went out of their way to help me when I was there, even carried my very overly heavy luggage for me right to the house I was searching for. Always ready to help & chat. And VERY easygoing, I found. (I`m from London, Ont., rather eastern in Canada - I didn`t even know there would be such a difference).
Another nice thing is that it`s very multi-culti there, just as both other Londons.
If you`re coming from England, you`ll probably find the social standards better here in Canada, and although the health care isn`t so great compared to international standards, its definately better than in England. You haven`t mentioned children, but if you have them later, the schools in Canada ranked àmong the top 10 in the world.
I found a greater awareness of the native "Indian" culture in Vancouver than I have experienced in other parts of Canada. This also means a greater respect for nature, and also an interest in spirituality.
In contrast to this respect for nature, I almost cried when I saw a few mountainsides completely deforested. But then, they will grow back again.... in time. That is the down-side of so much forest - the paper industry (I think its Canadas #1 export, but not sure). Watching dolphins while on the ferry to the island, and even seeing whales helps one to feel better again.
Vancouver Island is on the most beautiful places in the world, I think (and I have travelled....). It`s stunning, no exaggeration!! And really it has its own unique energy - a real buzz.
In short, the people I know who travel out there start seriously considering if they can move there. I know a few who did!
Have a good start!!
Do I have a good chance of becoming a marine animal trainer?
You need to work on your swimming skills, become scuba certified, improve your public speaking and performance skills (when you watch the SeaWorld videos and animal shows notice how energetic, engaging, and animated the trainers are. You will be a performer and educator for the public as well as a trainer for the animals), and get as much experience with animals as you can. Volunteer at a shelter, with a domestic animal trainer, at a marine mammal rescue, etc. Zoos and Aquariums also usually offer volunteer opportunities for teens and college students. Some have keeper positions, some offer camp counselor positions, other offer jr docents/guides; any of these will give you good experience for a zoological job. There are also camps, classes, and other volunteer opportunities that will give you the experience you need.
Start learning what you can about animal training, animal behavior, psychology, and other subjects that may relate to being an animal trainer. It would also be good to join the International Marine Animal Trainers Association (IMATA). The IMATA also has a list of recommended books.
Some college degrees:
...applicants that have a degree in marine biology, animal behavior, zoology, psychology, or related fields are almost always the ones that get interviews.
Exotic Animal Training and Management (EATM) Program
Animal Science with a focus in the area of Zoo and Exotic Animal
*or a similar degree
Along with the courses required for the degree, perhaps, take some courses in: speech; drama; CPR; swimming; scuba; psychology; animal behavior; animal management; education; zoology; marine bio; etc.
After college, you might not be able to get a job right away as a marine animal trainer. You may have to work a different job or work with other animals till a marine animal trainer position becomes available. It might also be a good idea to do some sort of internship before applying. An internship is a good way to get experience and it may help get your foot in the door.
With so many people applying for so few positions, you need to do what you can to give yourself the edge over your competition.
Here are some links (a chuck of info). Good Luck.
Associate Trainer, Trainer or Senior Trainer
Park: Sea World San Diego
Basic Job functions: Enthusiastically represents SeaWorld by displaying a positive attitude, high level of energy and commitment to quality throughout all aspects of the job. Assists the Animal Training staff in providing proper nutrition, appropriate sanitary living conditions, constant care for animals and water interaction depending on need. Principle Duties: Maintains safe and sanitary working areas and living conditions. Prepares daily animal diets, maintains safe and sanitary food preparation and storage areas. Administers animal vitamins under close supervision as required. Develops speaking skills and stage presence for performing supportive roles in education and general public shows. Assist in the training of animals. Develops an awareness of guest satisfaction with the SeaWorld product. Maintains facility pools with the use of SCUBA gear. Maintains excellent physical condition as needed to perform job functions. Required Skills Knowledge: Must be at least 18 years of age. Must have SCUBA certification at the time of applying. Must be able to lift 60 lbs. Must be able to work weekdays, holidays, and nights. Must have at least 6 months of paid animal training experience. Must pass a swim test. Theatrical experience strongly preferred. Required Training Education: Must have a high school diploma or equivalent. Degree in psychology, performing arts or theater, or marine, biological or zoological sciences is desirable.
How do I become a marine animal trainer?
The following information is SeaWorld's basic job description, requirements, and background information on an entry-level animal trainer position.
Responsible for the daily care, feeding and maintenance of show animals. Develops and trains animal behaviors and performs in animal shows for the public and educational shows for school groups. An apprenticeship period of at least a year is required for all trainer positions, even with previous experience.
Our requirements for animal trainers include:
° must be at least 18 years of age
° prior experience training animals
° public speaking, drama, or other performance and communication skills (a microphone test is part of the interview process)
° experience working with animals
° scuba diving certification
° CPR certification
° an ability to interact with the public
° academic coursework in zoology, marine biology, animal behavior or psychology (preference is given to those applicants with a college degree)
° strong swimming skills (part of the interview process is a rigorous swim test that includes a 200 ft. freestyle swim, a 100 ft. underwater swim, and a free-dive to the bottom of a 26 ft. pool.)
° excellent physical health and the ability to lift 50 lbs.
In addition, even with previous training experience, new trainers are hired as associate trainers, and learn about SeaWorld’s training methods and animals in at least a one-year apprenticeship period.
HOW TO GET EXPERIENCE
To try and see if a career in animal training or animal care is for you, SeaWorld offers a weeklong Career Camp for grades 9-12 during the summer at all three parks. Check online at SWBG-AdventureCamps.com for more information.
Many colleges and universities offer internship opportunities along with the local zoos or aquariums as part of a zoological science or similar type of degree program. Moorpark College in Southern California offers a special Exotic Animal Training and Management program designed for those who want to enter into zoological careers. In Florida, Santa Fe Community College and Pensacola Junior College offer similar programs. Volunteering at a local animal shelter, veterinarian, or wildlife rescue facility is another great way to get experience. In addition, many zoos and aquariums have docent or other volunteer positions available. It is also helpful to gain experience at the park or facility that you’re interested in working for. At SeaWorld, many of our openings for trainer and animal care positions go to applicants that have worked at the park in another department such as education - so this is a great way to get your foot in the door.
Another thing to keep in mind is when position openings are available. At SeaWorld, we have most openings for trainers and animal care in the early spring, and usually post these positions on our website (www.becjobs.com ) in late winter. During this time we hold the swim tests and microphone tests as the initial parts of the interview process.
As you can imagine, we get hundreds of applicants each year for trainer positions. For killer whale trainers there may only be one or two openings each year— so this is an even more competitive area to get into. While a college degree is not currently required, those applicants that have a degree in marine biology, animal behavior, zoology, psychology, or related fields are almost always the ones that get interviews. Also, the swim test and microphone test are critical parts of the interview process. Most people who take these tests do not pass the underwater swim portion of this test, so it is critical to practice for this.
The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (www.aza.org ) also posts career information and job openings on its website. We also have a lot more info on our website (www.swbg-animals.org ) about training and other animal careers. Other great sites to check out are the websites for the International Marine Animal Training Association (www.imata.org) and the Society for Marine Mammalogy (this has an excellent section on pursuing a career in marine mammal science at
What Is The Day In The Life Of A Dolphin Trainer?
I want to work with the arctic animals wherever i can and i don't know what to study in college.?
ANIMAL CARE SPECIALIST/ANIMAL KEEPER
° Bachelor's degree in biology or zoology; in some cases, scuba certification
° Experience working with animals such as in a veterinary hospital, animal shelter, pet store, or ranch is essential.
Every person who becomes a marine mammal trainer at Shedd Aquarium starts with a degree in biology or marine biology, some knowledge of training theory and an understanding of the role of zoos and aquariums in conservation and education. Then, he or she goes through a rigorous 18-month on-the-job training program to learn how to care for the whales, dolphins, sea otters, penguins and other animals in the Oceanarium. Only then is that person eligible to advance to learning how to train, which is an ongoing process.
The emphasis on training goes far beyond putting on presentations several times a day for guests. Training provides the animals with mental stimulation, it gives them physical exercise and, perhaps most importantly, it teaches them to cooperate in their own care. With a simple hand cue from a trainer, a 1,700-pound beluga whale positions itself for a mouth exam or to allow a veterinarian to take a blood sample from its tail. Teaching the animals to participate in their own healthcare makes the regular medical exams easy for staff members. And it’s easy for the animals, too, because all training is conducted like a play session, with food, toys, or verbal praise as frequent rewards.
Shedd’s animal-training program has won awards from the International Marine Animal Trainers Association (IMATA), and its trainer program has produced seven marine mammal curators at zoos and aquariums around the country.
If your dream is to be a trainer, then learn to swim. You might need to be able to swim and/or be scuba certified even if you just want to care for the animals.
I'm pretty sure that you will need to know how to swim and be scuba certified to be a Animal Keeper at SeaWorld. Most likely you will be the one cleaning the tanks as well as caring for the belugas. All the parks have some sort of beluga whale interaction that guests can participate in and the beluga trainers led the guests in their interactions. I'm not sure if the belugas that swim in the Wild Arctic are the same ones that do the interactions, but if so, you would be the beluga trainer too.
But I'm not 100% sure, you should contact SeaWorld and see if they can give you info on what the requirements are to work with SeaWorld's arctic animals E-MAIL:
Associate Trainer, Trainer or Senior Trainer
Park: Sea World San Diego
Basic Job functions: Enthusiastically represents SeaWorld by displaying a positive attitude, high level of energy and commitment to quality throughout all aspects of the job. Assists the Animal Training staff in providing proper nutrition, appropriate sanitary living conditions, constant care for animals and water interaction depending on need. Principle Duties: Maintains safe and sanitary working areas and living conditions. Prepares daily animal diets, maintains safe and sanitary food preparation and storage areas. Administers animal vitamins under close supervision as required. Develops speaking skills and stage presence for performing supportive roles in education and general public shows. Assist in the training of animals. Develops an awareness of guest satisfaction with the SeaWorld product. Maintains facility pools with the use of SCUBA gear. Maintains excellent physical condition as needed to perform job functions. Required Skills Knowledge: Must be at least 18 years of age. Must have SCUBA certification at the time of applying. Must be able to lift 60 lbs. Must be able to work weekdays, holidays, and nights. Must have at least 6 months of paid animal training experience. Must pass a swim test. Theatrical experience strongly preferred. Required Training Education: Must have a high school diploma or equivalent. Degree in psychology, performing arts or theater, or marine, biological or zoological sciences is desirable. Applicants must apply via www.buschjobs.com. Please keep resume to a maximum of 2 pages including cover letter. Apply at buschjobs.com
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